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Exploiting data in the cloud

Much of the recent attention devoted to Cloud Computing has been concerned with outsourcing of hardware or hosting of applications. Important as these trends are, the Cloud is capable of far more than simple replication of existing enterprise processes. Amazon's recently announced Public Data Sets programme and the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Linked Open Data community project illustrate the opportunity for re-use of public data, with licensing frameworks evolving to reflect shifting presumptions. Specifications from the Semantic Web are being put to work as enterprises such as Thomson Reuters seek to unlock value in expensively curated internal data. What happens as increasing quantities of data become accessible, as attitudes to control and ownership morph, and as technologies evolve to enhance 'enterprise' applications with insight from beyond the firewall? Where might the balance lie between comprehensiveness and insight on one hand, and security and control on the other?

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